During the 1910s, the Klan, which had
been defunct since the concluding decades of the 19th century, was revived in Atlanta,
Georgia and spread across the country within a decade. The Klan's revival was due
in part to urbanization and industrialization. Many Klansmen in the 1920s – 1940s were
lower to middle class whites who sought to protect their jobs and neighborhoods, both
from black migrants moving out of the South and new immigrants arriving in industrial
cities, particularly those from Southern and Eastern Europe who tended to be Catholic
and Jewish. This collection of materials from the Realm of California primarily includes
by-laws, correspondence, and publications.
The Ku Klux Klan is a far-right organization which advocates extremist reactionary
currents such as white supremacy and white nationalism, and is opposed to immigration.
The first Ku Klux Klan, founded in 1865 in Pulaski, Tennessee, was primarily made up of
Confederate veterans of the American Civil War and operated under a decentralized
structure in which local chapters and bands were highly independent. The first Klan was
essentially defunct by the late 19th century.
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